train reservation with a rail pass?

I want to buy a rail pass for Italy. why do I have to pay more for a reservation? And then do i receive a rail pass number to put on my ticket?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 15, 2017 21:25
    Hi Autumn,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still can often work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

    You would just want to be sure to consider and factor in any reservation fees when determining the total cost of going with the option of purchasing a rail pass.

    Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations would be required for many of your trips there. For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

    Generally, most reservable trains in Europe can only be booked once within 60, 90, or 120 days of an intended departure date.
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